Jac L’Etoile has always been haunted by the past, her memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up surrounded by as the heir to a storied French perfume company. In order to flee the pain of those remembrances—and of her mother’s suicide—she moves to America, leaving the company in the hands of her brother Robbie. But when Robbie hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives and then suddenly goes missing—leaving a dead body in his wake—Jac is plunged into a world she thought she’d left behind.
Back in Paris to investigate her brother’s disappearance, Jac discovers a secret the House of L’Etoile has been hiding since 1799: a scent that unlocks the mysteries of reincarnation. The Book of Lost Fragrances fuses history, passion, and suspense, moving from Cleopatra’s Egypt and the terrors of revolutionary France to Tibet’s battle with China and the glamour of modern-day Paris. Jac’s quest for the ancient perfume, the ancient perfume someone is willing to kill for, becomes the key to understanding her own troubled past.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It sounds very intriguing and interesting, but I hard a hard time getting into it and staying interested. There was so much going on that it felt a bit scattered and disconnected at times. The story jumped from the present to various points in time in the past, but not in a linear progression, more like random back, further back, and not so back.
My favourite part of the story was Xie’s part. His sections had a calm Buddhist feeling to them that was inviting and soothing. His story was not easy, but it flowed very well.
I didn’t know this book was part of a series until I was looking up the information on Goodreads after finishing it. The story definitely stood alone and never once did I suspect that I was starting a series in the middle.
2012 Ebook Challenge